If you’re anything like me, you deeply resent seeing advertising in Skype. I mean come on, Windows and its built-in apps are not an advertising platform. Or at least, that’s not what they’ve been in the past.
I can understand ads in web browsers – even if only barely – but ads in the application I use to chat to colleagues, contacts and friends? No thanks.
So I went in search of a way to disable them, and lo and behold, I found exactly that. The steps that follow are what you should do if you, too, would like Skype to revert to being a pure communication tool.
FYI, this has been confirmed to work on consumer versions of Skype 6.x and 7.x.
Click the Start button or press the Windows key on your keyboard.
Type “internet options” and click on the link that pops up.
Click on the Security tab, and then on “Restricted sites”:
Now click the “Sites” button, and add these two domains to the list:
Your Restricted Sites window should look like this:
Click Close, and then OK.
Now fire up Skype, and enjoy the fact that it is, once again, a pure communications tool.
Just be aware that some of its functions will have a bit of a wobble – the “Home” screen will throw out an error, for instance and a colleague I had test this out on Windows 7 had to reset her Skype password – but the core features of Skype are still there, and they still work.
And that’s what’s important here.
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